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Lesson Learned

For nearly two years I have had a second (or is it a third? Or fourth? Does being a mom count as a job?) job as Blogs Community Manager at Fredericksburg Parent and Family. I LOVE this job. I get to read a variety of posts on topics related to parenting AND I get to brainstorm with the writers, suggest topics, edit their posts as needed, and promote them to the readers of Fred. Parent via Facebook.  I also develop relationships with these talented writers and remind them to post in a regular manner. I mean, who wants to read a blog that is only posted to every couple of months?

Er. Yes. I’ve noticed the disconnect. While I am busy cracking the whip at the Fred Parent writers, my own blog sits and languishes. Not quite at the “every two months” scenario, but I’m not exactly setting the world on fire here either.  Maybe I need an external whip cracker too, since my self-motivation seems to be a bit weak.

I could say, and it would be true, that there are always a hundred things vying for my attention. On the home front: we got that snow I was warbling about in my last post and despite it being only 2-3″ the kids were out of school ALL WEEK. Yes, ALL WEEK.  Here in Virginia we take our snow SERIOUSLY. 

That span was a never-ending cycle of wiping snow and mud off the floor, running gloves and hats through the dryer and making what felt like a million mugs of hot cocoa for the enthusiastic sledders.  Yep, that week threw me off any semblance of a schedule whatsoever. Work, writing, you name it, it was buried under an “avalanche” of snow.

On the UMW front (when I finally made it back in, post-Snowpocolypse, and reintroduced myself to my co-workers), it is spring semester. The office I work in serves all students, including seniors. Who, drumroll please, are waking up (as they always do this time of year) and realizing that: OHMYGODIAMGRADUATINGINAFEWMONTHSANDINEEDAJOB!!!  As our office includes “Career Services” prominently in the title, where do you think their professors and parents are sending them? You got it, camera zoom to yours truly. Thus work has been, oh, a wee bit busy of late as well.

Not that I would be writing this blog on work time. Perish the thought! Even though it is related to my work (role model, etc, see this post: http://www.marybecelia.com/uncategorized/new-year-fresh-start/), but I might at least be running ideas through my head or pondering funny topics if I was not slammed with seniors looking for resume and job search assistance every minute of every work day (or so it feels some days).

And then there was the post-I-lost. It was SO frustrating to write some of the best prose I have ever, ever written (or so I can say now that it’s vanished) and then, like an idiot, turn off my computer one night without saving it.  Bye-bye brilliant blog post. (Again, it will live on for all time, or as long as my feeble memory can hold onto it, as the wittiest, most wonderful piece of writing ever produced by me and no one can dispute it. I know. That may not be saying much).

But back the beginning of this post. I’ve learned, through my little blogging adventure, how hard it can be to post regularly. I realize, more than ever, what a great job the Fred Parent bloggers (and bloggers everywhere!) are doing. Many of you have lives that are far more hectic and demanding than mine. Most of you probably don’t have a Mary reminding/encouraging you to post, yet you write diligently and post regularly! 

Like many things (parenting, as one small example), I never appreciated the effort involved in keeping a blog up until I tried it myself. I will try to be inspired and not overwhelmed and whip myself along as best I can.  And if any of you want to check out the blogs I am referring to, and actually find some that are posted to on a consistent basis, why thank you for asking! Here is a link: http://www.fredericksburgparent.net/blogs


New Year; Fresh Start!

After a bold and brill start, with references to hot movie of the fall, Mary’s Musings fell silent.  I know. You were devastated. My apologies.

During this silent period, the blog’s author read the long-awaited (well, by some) Bridget Jones sequel: Mad About the Boy.  Author is feeling very British in the wake of this experience.  However. Will try to refrain from references to calories and alcohol units consumed, as neither is appropriate or relevant to this milieu.  Which, ahem, is supposed to be professional.

So.  Let us start over. Just had a v. helpful meeting with Martha Burtis of the UMW IT Department, which rolled out the Domain of One’s own initiative at UMW last fall.  (http://umwdomains.com/).  Retained approximately 10% of information from this session…just enough to be dangerous, no doubt, and to feel sufficient confidence to resume posting.  My purported role in this project is to be one of many ambassadors to the UMW students, extolling the virtues of the domain  project and encouraging them to sign on.

I certainly AM on board with this idea. If you’d seen some of the social media presence exhibited by today’s students, you would be too!  Having a domain, like having a LinkedIn page should, in theory, be a way for the student to put forth their best foot. Impress employers/grad schools/future in-laws and the like with their academic and professional presence. As I am doing now, shining role model that I am/channeler of Bridget Jones that I aspire to be.

I am excited to learn more about managing my domain, to posting more frequently, to mixing in some a little serious information along with more amusing musings.  I plan to look online and find some of the outstanding domains that I know UMW students and faculty/staff are developing (I’ve already found several!). I appreciate all the time Martha gave me today, and even more the fact that she turned down the chocolates I offered her as thanks for her assistance…all the more for me to eat, you know!

In conclusion let me wrap up with: Chocolates consumed (Kisses and leftover Christmas loot)–six (so far). Calories: I have no idea, but the sugar rush will get me through at least the next hour or so!